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Stuck in the Middle (Sister to Sister #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  8,981 ratings  ·  680 reviews
Joan Sanderson’s life is stuck.

Her older sister, Allie, is starting a family, and her younger sister, Tori, has a budding career. Meanwhile, Joan is stuck at home with Mom and her aging grandmother. Not exactly a recipe for excitement—or romance.

When a hunky young doctor moves in next door, Joan sets out to catch his eye. But it won’t be easy. Pretty Tori flirts relentless
Paperback, 335 pages
Published February 1st 2008 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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This story was fabulous! It wasn't edgy, IMHO, but it was still very intriguing and incredibly romantic, not to mention downright hilarious at times. For me, Stuck in the Middle was the perfect example of the best of the best Christian fiction. Not too much angst and drama, but just enough tension and issues to keep you turning the pages. The internal dialogue was so well done I felt like I was the main character dealing with the spiritual struggles and the sister issues. Such honest and fresh f ...more
Kerry Fine
I only read this book because I just purchased a Nook, and I wanted to try it out and learn how things worked. This book popped up on the free book list, and I just grabbed the first one I saw. I began reading it as a way to learn the Nook's features.

If someone had asked me early in the book what kind of rating I would give it, my answer would not have been positive - certainly not 5 stars. The main character seemed interesting, and the story was easy to follow, but there were far too many annoy
Robin Marie
Like many of the other readers, I snagged this book because it was free (and because the girl on the cover has a cute skirt...). I read a book pretty much every day at work right now, so I aim for something that I can follow while still being available to customers.

This book doesn't have a really provoking storyline, but it's funny and sort of heartwarming. A lot of it spoke to me from the get-go(dealing with aging family members, failed relationships, what to do with life in your early 20's) bu
Rachel Thompson
I downloaded this for free for my e-reader.

Joan is the middle child. While Allie is married about about to have a baby, little sister Tori is focused on her career. Joan just got out of a messy relationship, and still lives at home with her mother and grandmother. Then a sexy doctor moves in next door, causing competition for Tori and Joan, until Tori decides Ken's way too religious for her tastes.

Despite the fact that this book is a Christian book, it read heavily as chick-lit, especially for t
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Didn't realize when I uploaded this book is was Christian romance. Don't get me wrong I like Christian romance I just didn't realize it until half way through the book. Unlike other Christian romance books I've read this one didn't beat me over the head with a lot of "God this" & bible quotes. it was interesting too that even though the main character (Joan) was Christian, went to church every Sunday, spent time with her family...the book made it clear there can always be more to religion th ...more
Jan 11, 2012 Tammy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
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I just skipped through some reviews and saw that there were some negative ones because of the Christian content. Well I have to say that I completely loved this book. There was a lot of Christian aspects but it was not a lot of quotes or pushing of the bible but you just know that their religion played a huge part in their lives.

Joan is just the average middle sister who has a beautiful sister and another sister that is married to a wonderful man and expecting her first baby. All the while Joan
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
This is a nice safe romantic story with a firm trench in christian faith as a background. Joan Sanderson is manager for Abernathy Sales and Rental and is 25 years old. She's one of the few remaining students out of 287 who graduated from Danville HS, Kentucky, and has stayed in Danville. She has an English degree, but she's never used it, hoping that one day she can step away from her job and actually do something with her life. Joan has always been the quiet one of the three sisters, whereas th ...more
I don't go to church. I don't care much for organized religion, but I consider myself a Christian. I didn't start reading this book because I thought it was about religion, I started reading it because it was about sisters....and not having one myself, I'm always envious of those who do, and find I'm curious about the relationship dynamics.

This book circles around religion... but for me it seemed much more like a story of a woman stuck in her life. She is scared of change, feels inferior & c
I added this to my kindle because 1.) it was a free book, and 2.) it seemed like it would be cute. thought this was going to be a typical little quick read with some romance. It started out interesting enough, but I wasn't expecting it to turn so religious... and for someone who is not religious in the least, the story became slightly far-fetched and annoying. I don't mind a little mention of faith here and there... but a 25 year old girl complaining that... God visits poor children in Afghanist ...more
I found this book to be high-school-ish, and kind of annoying. Within the first chapter (or maybe two) Joan, the main character, has a flash in her mind of a newspaper article....something she's just making up in her mind.
Then, when a handsome Dr. moves in next door, she and her older sister (who's married and pregnant) decided to create a competition between Joan and the youngest sister to see who can snag a date with him first! It's very childish...the older sister actually googles and prints
Nora St Laurent
: Ohmygosh, Virginia Smith writes a hilarious, tender story that chronicles family life for the Sanderson sisters. Change never is easy, and twenty three year old Joan is fighting it on all sides. Joan receives a call from her mom, “I’m going to kill her.”

“Hi, Mom. What has Gram done?”

“She’s alphabetized my underwear drawer.”

“She what?”

“It’s not funny Joan. My bras are all in the first row, color-coded alphabetically.”

Joan and Carla, live with Gram, Carla’s 85 year old mom, who’s driving her cra
Stuck in the Middle by Virginia Smith is the story of Joan Sanderson and her boring, going-nowhere life. She's been dumped by her long time boyfriend, Roger the Rat, her older sister is pregnant, and her beautiful younger sister has a terrific job. Joan lives with her mother and grandmother, who is becoming increasingly fragile. When a hunky doctor moves in next door, Joan sees what she's been missing, but little sister Tori also wants him. This book is far more than just chick-lit. Joan feels a ...more
Normally 4 stars from me means, "Wow. This is among the best books I've read." But that's not necessarily true for this book. The 4 stars actually mean, "Wow, this is the best book I could have read right now." The writing was nothing special. The plot was pretty mundane. But what I loved about this book is that it did not shy away from the Christian principles it was clearly trying to get across. In the end, the book was about how God affects our daily lives, and I think that's the most importa ...more
I started to read this book because a) it was free from NOOK and b) I know what it's like to fee like the middle child! When I get a new book, I'll skim a few pages out of habit so I can prioritize when I will finish it...but as soon as I started this, I could not stop! The story was very compelling to me. I feel like I have gone through the same doubts and struggles that BOTH Joan and Ken dealt with. I love the emphasis of family in christian literature because my family is so incredibly import ...more
Reviewed by Jill Hart

Joan. Boring name for a boring life. Or so Joan believes until she meets her new next door neighbor. The handsome doctor her age make Joan realize that there may be more to life than settling for living at home, getting up every morning to go to an unfulfilling career and wishing she was living her one of her sisters' lives. But, Joan knows she can't make a change because no one would be there to care for her aging grandmother - a job that she has taken upon herself, but tru
Vida Torralba
Got this book for free from Amazon, and I liked it! It's a Christian story that I found to be what I need :)
I don't read a lot of contemporary romance, but this one was pretty good. The author mastered the family dynamics between the three sisters - that "I love you, but I really want to murder you right now, or at least torture you halfway to death" feeling that I've had for my siblings frequently throughout the years. Being the middle child, I could connect well with Joan and her problems (I suppose it's those same traditional middle child issues). I didn't really like the near cat-fights between Jo ...more
A (free to my Kindle) Christian novel that had a pretty good theme -- middle sister lives at home, with her mother and grandmother -- young (dateable) MD moves in next door -- and Joan likes him. A lot of misunderstandings ensue but as always, a happy ending!
Miranda Agee
It's not that I did not like this book, nor is it that the writing was poor or too "preachy" (why would I pick up a Christian Fiction book and not expect a message or two?), nor is it that I found the characters weak or any serious inconsistencies in the story line... I guess the lack of stars come from the lack of fulfillment. I wanted there to be more to it.

I'm not typically drawn to women's fiction, but the cover was beautiful and the blurb sounded fun. The writing was quite strong, especial
Ah. I didn't read what this was about and it turned out to be a God finding story, which I wouldn't mind but I didn't like the way the author made it out that if you give your life to God, then everything will be happy ever after. Gag.
For a Christian romance it was pretty good but with the religion element I just wanted to send in the missionaries a few times and set them straight. I don't know if I will seek out the second book but this was worth my time.
This book isn't my normal fare, I'm not a big fan of Christian romances as often times I feel preached at. This one did a good job of riding the line. You felt for Joan and how she was struggling with God and his place in her life. Once she faced some realities and opened herself to possibilities it seemed like her life went in the direction she had hoped.

I did love Joan's family, loved the relationship with Gram. I was a bit worried when the sisters started to fight over the next door neighbor,
I did really enjoy the scene where Tori and Joan are at dinner and both flirting with Ken...poor guy!!
A free book from Amazon I have had on my Kindle for awhile. I didn't remember the synopsis when I started reading so I wasn't sure what to expect. and this book was a lot different from what I expected.
Joan feels sort of lost in life in the middle of 2 sisters that are much more showy than herself living with her mom and grandma. At age 25 she isn't really living much of a life. Ken is a doctor and moves in next door to Joan. There is a strong Christianity theme in this book.
I kind of feel indi
I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what turned me off of this book. I got maybe a 1/4 of the way through and the characters did not grab me. They seemed very generic and I didn’t really see why Joan and Ken , the handsome new neighbor, fell in love. Joan kind of irritated me because she sounded like a spoiled brat being 25 years old, living at home not paying rent and then constantly accusing her mother of wanting to put her grandmother away in a home without even checking out the assisted livi ...more
You can go ahead and add me to the “I have no idea this was Christian lit” camp when I downloaded this. I had actually checked this book out of the library about two years ago but never got around to reading this. It stayed on my Goodreads To-Read list and when I saw it in the bargain Nook books, I jumped on it. I agree that the summary & subsequent beginning of the book doesn’t really show an abundance of the Christian theme. It was more of a wholesome chick lit start.

As the story continued
Is this story ever hokey!

A doctor moves next door and Joan thinks he is interested in her younger sister Tori who doesn't live with her. As soon as the doctor makes a few positive comments about Tori to Joan, she (Joan) gives him the cold shoulder and drops the idea of even standing a chance with him.

Joan's mother thinks her mother (Gram) should be put into assisted living but Joan is vehemently against it. Gram is very organized, arranging items by color, etc. They are living in Gram's house.
I'm actually surprised to report that I liked this book. Having not found much success with free downloads and especially not with Christian fiction, I was expecting a lot of chick lit drivel and stereotypes.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't a masterpiece of Christian fiction, or even of chick lit. It is, however, well-written and mildly entertaining. My biggest complaints include flat ensemble characters and a somewhat preachy tone at times. Actually, though, the preachy thing has been a part of j
Sheyla ✎
Joan Sanderson is the middle daughter. She works in a furniture store and lives at home with her mother and grandmother. She wishes she could move away but because of her grandmother's health issues she'd decided to move back home to help.
Her father left many years ago and Joan still misses him. She holds a grudge against her mother for letting him go.
One fine day, her world suddenly becomes more interesting when a doctor moves next to her house.
Ken Fletcher is starting a new practice and his si
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VIRGINIA SMITH is the bestselling author of twenty-four novels, an illustrated children’s book, and over fifty articles and short stories. An avid reader with eclectic tastes in fiction, Ginny writes in a variety of styles, from lighthearted relationship stories to breath-snatching suspense. Her books have been finalists in ACFW’s Carol Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence in Mystery/S ...more
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